After the Roman Empire conquered Carthage, Julius Caesar resurrected the city into a vast metropolitan that was almost comparable to the grandeur of Rome. Its ancient structures, robust museums and vast array of shrines showcase the remnants of a history we can easily immerse ourselves in. The temples of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva in Sufetula are only a small fraction of the legacy that spans throughout Tunisia.
We will have the opportunity to relax just as some of the ancient rulers relaxed when we experience the Aghlabite basins, which are historically known for their appeal. The challenging landscapes certainly offered a variable foundation for the Roman Empire to build their many interesting cities; the beautiful houses of Dougga are situated on the steep slopes of green, lush hills; and the underground dwellings of Matmata have been carved out of the soft sandstone.
Once we touch down on Malta, we will be faced with an even greater mixture of magnificent architecture and breathtaking terrain. When examining the layout of Gozo villages, we can see the potential of true human ingenuity when inspired by a veritable paradise.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring and late fall when temperatures are mild, crowds thinner, and airfares lower. Spring is popular with visitors who enjoy green landscapes and wildflowers. The region has a mild Mediterranean climate with early springs and autumns that are bright and warm. Showers are possible in spring and possible in fall.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full bus days, road travel is not particularly arduous as there are plenty of stops of interest. Roads are in good condition, though a little winding on some stretches. Short ferry crossings; scheduled flight Tunis - Malta. Walking tours on uneven surfaces.
Well-located, air- conditioned, mid-range hotels and inns (3-4 star) used throughout. All hotels have en suite bath, though some may have shower only. Porter service is usually available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local guide throughout (Tunisia), driver (s), local step-on guides in various locales.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)